Moments after embattled Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) announced from the Senate floor he would be resigning “in the coming weeks,” his first sexual assault accuser broke her silence.
Leeann Tweeden, who in November alleged the comedian-turned-lawmaker groped her chest and forcibly kissed her during a USO tour in 2006, shared her feelings about Franken’s decision with CNN reporter MJ Lee.
“I’m not celebrating his resignation,” she said, “but we can’t tolerate hypocrisy. We can’t have our leaders saying one thing and doing another.”
— Leeann Tweeden (@LeeannTweeden) November 16, 2017
That level-headed response is in keeping with her earlier statements regarding Franken’s alleged misconduct. Tweeden has consistently maintained she has not been seeking to force the liberal Democrat to leave office.
“I didn’t do this to have him step down. I think Al Franken does a lot of good things in the Senate. You know, I think that’s for the people of Minnesota to decide,” she said on “Good Morning America” in November. “I’m not calling for him to step down. That was never my intention.”
— Good Morning America (@GMA) November 17, 2017
Franken’s announcement came one day after numerous Democratic and Republican senators called on the legislator to step down from his post in Washington, D.C.